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Fans mourn the death of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin

Fans around the world are mourning the death of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. It emerged earlier this week that the 76-year-old was gravely ill and receiving hospice care at her home in Detroit. She died of advanced pancreatic cancer. Executive Producer Krivani Pillay takes a look at Aretha Franklin's her life through her music
17
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8am

Whistle-blowers not provided protection

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has strongly criticized South African Police Services for failure to provide security for the whistle-blowers in the murder of former ANC youth league secretary-general and PR Councillor at uMzimkhulu Municipality, Sindiso Magaqa. Thabiso Zulu, an ANC member, anti-corruption activist and friend of Magaqa, and Les Stuta, an official at Harry Gwala Municipality, were responsible for blowing the lid on the alleged reasons behind the assassination of Magaqa which resulted in them receiving death threats. After approaching the police for assistance and being pushed from pillar to post, Zulu eventually approached the public protector.
17
AUG
8am

Two people arrested in connection with an incident of mob justice

Two community members have been arrested in connection with an incident of mob justice which left one person dead in the eastrand on Wednesday. The pair were part of a group that assaulted, stabbed and shot a boy outside his house. Another boy was attacked outside a school in the area and set alight. He is currently in hospital. The community accused the two of being part of a gang that is terrorising residents in the area. Meanwhile Gateng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is in Daveyton to engage with the school, the police and thecommunity. A local community leader Bishop Sandile Sivungu spoke out against taking the law into their own hands.
16
AUG
7am

Trollip motion of no confidence postponed after EFF led group walked out

The motion of no confidence again the DA Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Athol Trollip has been postponed after the opposition parties seeking to remove him walked out of a council meeting this morning. They raised issues around the legality of the meeting. This was to be the fourth attempt to remove Trollip from office. It was unclear before the meeting whether the Patriotic Alliance would vote with the DA. The party is the kingmaker. The parties in coalition with the DA lambasted the EFF, the ANC and the other smaller parties supporting the motion.
16
AUG
6am

Marikana commemorations underway

Hundreds of residents around Marikana in the North West have gathered at the Koppie where 34 mineworkers were killed six years ago. This ahead of an AMCU organised programme to commemorate the Marikana tragedy. AMCU president Joseph Mathunjwa is expected to give the keynote address this afternoon. Ten other people died in the days leading up to the massacre as the workers continued to strike. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to our reporter in Marikana Itumeleng Kgajane.
15
AUG
8am

Journalists charged "exhorbitant" fees for plying their trade in Mozambique

Media Monitoring Africa says the government of Mozambique should be helping journalists to do their jobs better instead of trying to impede them. It is being alleged that authorities in that country are introducing exorbitant media accreditation fees for journalists working there. Many have called this an assault on freedom of the press and a clear attempt to clamp down on journalists. Under new regulations, foreign correspondents living in Mozambique will be expected to pay more than R120 000 per year to report in the country while local freelance journalists will have to pay about R7 000 in accreditation fees. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to researcher from Media Monitoring Africa's Researcher Ntsako Manganyi.
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Marikans residents disappointed by Ramaphosa's no show since 2012 tragic massacre

Some residents in Marikana in the North West, say they are disappointed that president Cyril Ramaphosa has not yet visited the area, despite promises he made publicly. Some still blame Ramaphosa for the manner in which police handled the 2012 strike that resulted in the deaths of 34 miners on August 16 and ten other people including security guards and police officers in the preceeding week. Ramaphosa was a non-executive board member at the platinum giant at the time. He was further criticised for his email to the then police minister Nathi Mthethwa, which was calling for action to end the strike. Itumeleng Kgajane has the story.
15
AUG
7am

South Africans still shocked by author Mark Minnie's death

The death of Mark Minnie, co-author of the controversial book "The Lost Boys of Bird Island", has shocked many South Africans. It implicates a prominent businessman and two former National Party ministers, including Magnus Malan, as central figures in an alleged paedophilia ring that operated during the apartheid era. The book alleges the trio molested and raped minors at Bird Island off the coast of Port Elizabeth. Minnie's body was found at a friend's home in Theescombe outside Port Elizabeth. New information from police however, says the gun found did not belong to Minnie and a suicide note was found. Kim Daniels reports.
15
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The AIC threatens, once again, to dump the ANC

The African Independent Congress (AIC) which is in a coalition with the ANC at at least two key municipalities, is once again threatening to pull out of the partnership. It has given the ANC 30 days to mend relations or face losing the Ekurhuleni and Rustenburg municipalities. The AIC gave the ANC numbers at the municipalities following the 2016 local government elections on condition that the ANC-led government re-incorporates Matatiele back to KwaZulu-Natal. But the AIC claims the ANC has shown no commitment to honour the agreement. Ntebo Mokobo reports.
15
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7am

Tributes for Mama Sobukwe

Tributes have been pouring in for struggle stalwart Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe, who was affectionately known as Mother of Azania. Sobukwe died in the early hours of this morning at the age of 91. Remembered as a strong anti-apartheid activist, she was also the wife of the late Pan Africanist Congress leader, Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe. Our executive Producer Krivani Pillay takes a look at the life of Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe.
15
AUG
6am

Goldfields denies not following processes before announcing retrenchments

Mining company Goldfields has denied that it failed to follow legal processes before announcing that it plans to cut 1 560 jobs at its Deep South Mine in Johannesburg. The company is responding to Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe's statement that the business is breaching laws that govern the sector. The company has for years been operating at a loss running into millions each month. It says shedding jobs has become unavoidable. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Goldfields spokesperson Sven Lunsche.
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Ramaphosa says new technology and creative ways are needed if pit latrines are to be eradicated

President Cyril Ramaphosa says current models of sanitation are expensive, they require large scale networks of infrastructure and use high energy budgets. Ramaphosa was speaking at the launch of the Sanitation Appropriation for Education Initiative in Pretoria. The initiative seeks to eradicate pit latrines in the country's schools and save lives following a series of deaths involving children using these latrines. Ramaphosa says innovative measures and new technologies should be at the centre of abolishing these latrines. Meanwhile NGO Equal Education says it is disappointing and ironic that government is wasting taxpayers' money appealing the #FixTheNorms judgement that set the deadline for government to fix school infrastructure, including toilets. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to the organisation's General-Secretary Noncedo Madubedube.

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